Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department received a $1,500 grant from Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling, ALPAR, for the second year in a row.
The grant pays for a lead adult supervisor and as many kids that desire the work.
“This is a great first job for 14-year-olds,” Recreation Facility Coordinator Judy Forgey said. “It teaches them responsibility, work ethic and pride in community.”
ConocoPhillips, Alaska provides the safety vests for the workers and BP provides the yellow litter bags.
“The grant itself pays exclusively for the lead supervisor and the youth workers,” Forgey said. “It's really exciting to be able to provide this opportunity.”
The kids work from noon to 4 p.m. three days a week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until approximately Oct. 21.
“This year I have four kids working for me,” Forgey said. “Skye Weller, who is returning for a second year, Cina Martinez, Sarah Tate and Tucker Hagerman make up my team of litter patrollers.”
Records are kept of recyclables such as aluminum cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles. They are brought back to the facility and recycled. The records are forwarded to ALPAR when the job has ended for the season.
“These kids patrol all public areas of the town,” Forgey stated. “It's a benefit to them to keep the town pretty and it looks good for tourists to see that our youth put forth effort to maintain the town.”
Parks and Rec. does this every year and are always looking for more workers.
Youth should be 14 to 16 years of age and fill out an application at the Parks and Rec. office.
For information regarding this program call Judy Forgey at (907) 772-3304.